Stand for Children Illinois has launched a widescale multi-media campaign urging Springfield lawmakers to negotiate a compromise solution for an elected Chicago school board structure that puts students first and on which all sides agree.
The campaign includes a six-figure television buy in the Chicago and Springfield markets, as well as integrated digital, mail, and telephone programs. The campaign urges constituents to reach out to their state senators and representatives and tell them that, when it comes to reforming the Chicago School Board, putting our students first must be their first priority.
Would have to know what the specific compromises are that are being pushed by this advocacy group to “put students first” before I would call and urge my legislator to do anything. Historically, they focus more on funding. This is a feel good ad without any real substance.
Stand, funded by Ken Griffin, multiple members of the Crown family, other millionaires and billionaires knows that a fully elected school board will respond to community and family pressure more than the appointed board, controlled by the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club, and billionaire funded education ‘think tanks.’
To the post at 11:08 am - all these worries about ’special interests’ controlling an elected school board: there’s a bit of fear-mongering occurring.
The Chicago city council and general assembly members in the city are not lock-step in line with any one interest, and these elected officials are sensitive to their communities’ concerns. Yes, charter school - funded candidates would win a few seats (as have some GA and city council electeds), and some with ties to teachers (as have some GA and city council electeds). But elected board members would have to listen, and attempt to represent, their constituents, just as city council and general assembly members do.
No one group would win ALL the board seats. That’s not happening now with the city council and legislative seats - it wouldn’t happen with board seats.
this isn’t meant to be a burn against Ashland Adam, but I’m a Chicago taxpayer & voter who has a child entering high school next year. Our family has ZERO interest in sending our kid to CPS, even the vaunted Selective Enrollment HS’s. Why? CTU.
There is no doubt that CTU will go on strike in the next 4 years. CTU has made no recommendations to help students who were affected by the pandemic and the loss of in-person instruction. There has been nothing that CTU has said or done to improve the educational outputs of CPS students, except say that “Black and Brown communities” are the most damaged, but nothing tangible to change things.
So many taxpayers in Chicago are tired of CTU and their terrible politics, of putting kids as an afterthought, of constant money grabs that never result in better schooling.
Having a non-elected board helps keep the CTU in check. As a Chicago voter and property taxpayer, I support that.
===So many taxpayers in Chicago …
Having a non-elected board helps keep the CTU in check===
If Chicagoans are that upset, then you should be all for an elected board.==
I’m not, mainly because CTU and SEIU can motivate their base to come out in an off-year election, with the typical low voter turnout, and dominate the school board. Funding and benefits would completely benefit CTU, and hurt property taxpayers by demanding annual pay hikes and pension hikes. CTU members are some of the highest paid teachers in America, but always wanting more.
@Rich — Why are you opposed to the way that it is currently constructed? Not a burn, by the way…
Stand’s endorsed candidates tilt way blue. We fought Rauner in a big way on fair funding. Supported the Fair Tax and many other progressive policies. Our family engagement work is on the South Side of Chicago, only neighborhood schools. Griffin donated over a decade ago. Nothing with him for over 11 years. Check us out at stand.org/Illinois.
Stand is still funded by billionaires and millionaires, including those w family members sitting on the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, the true power behind CPS and the Mayor’s office. Stand advocates for testing and ed policies which have resulted in the CPS schools we see today: librarians fired, SPED resources diminished, increased NWEA testing, and fewer options for parents to opt-out of that testing. Stand argues that the testing requirements are all about ‘equity.’ The Equity argument is reminiscent of Mayor Ram (and others) who say - “Don’t let a good crisis go to waste” We know which kids, schools and communities need support, we don’t have to test them 3 or 4 times per year, especially when that testing results in a loss of time for real teaching and learning.
Just a question - do you think they’re doing this much testing in the U of C Lab Schools - where Ram’s kids went? How about Francis Parker or the Latin Schools? Nope.
That Stand organizing going on in those S side communities - that’s classic Astroturfing.
True - Stand supported Ed funding and the Fair Tax. That was good. A broken clock is right twice a day.
What I don’t get is why someone doesn’t advocate for school board elections being moved to the same time as the generals. Save money and make sure the public weighs in as opposed to the inside baseball game that is played with the current structure.
- TinyDancer(FKASue) - Tuesday, May 4, 21 @ 3:18 pm:
=… we don’t have to test them 3 or 4 times per year, especially when that testing results in a loss of time for real teaching and learning.=
Yup. Nothing could be more boring or a bigger waste of time. Get the kids all excited about learning, and then sit them down for 3 days of coloring in little circles. With reading passages that are nowhere near grade level.
The only one who benefits from all the testing is Pearson.